Austin’s Waterloo Records celebrates 40th anniversary

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A symbol of Austin celebrated 40 years in business on Friday with its first in-store show in more than two years.

Waterloo Records rang in its anniversary with performances from Ray Wylie Hubbard and Heartless Bastards. The COVID-19 pandemic caused the store to halt such events since March 2020. Both performances had a limited capacity, and masks were required.

John T. Kunz, owner and president of Waterloo Records, said he started at the business three months into its initial opening in 1982. Back then, the record store was actually housed two-thirds of a mile further south on Lamar Boulevard from the location where it stands today, according to the store’s website.